About Empire Turf Zoysia

EMPIRE Turf Raises The Bar For Warm Season Turfgrasses. Dark Green Color, Disease Resistance, Soft To The Touch Feel, Drought Tolerance, And A Proven Track Record Make EMPIRE An Excellent Choice For Home, Commercial, Sport And Golf Applications.

  • Dark Green Color
  • Consistent Quality
  • Drought Tough
  • Softer Texture
  • Chinch Bug Resistant
  • More Durable

Uses: Home Lawns – Commercial Landscapes – Parks & Rec – Golf Courses – Sports Fields

EMPIRE Turf is a Zoysia grass that has truly raised the bar for warm season turf grass. EMPIRE sod combines soft to the touch feel with lush green color and fine, tight blade growth. Visually, EMPIRE is an extremely attractive turf grass for any landscaping job. Homeowners and Property Managers also appreciate its many maintenance, environmental, and cost saving advantages. For more information about how to care for EMPIRE Turf visit the EMPIRE Turf Best Maintenance Practices section.

You might not expect a turf grass as soft as EMPIRE to be so strong, but this incredible Zoysia grass accomidates a variety of activities without suffering extensive wear and tear. EMPIRE Turf is as hardy as it is attractive, and has a deep, thick root structure that makes it more drought tolerant than other varieties of Zoysia grass, once established. In addition EMPIRE’s slower vertical growth and natural chinch bug and chemical resistances mean that your lawn will require less maintenance, mowing, and water than other types of warm season turf grass. An EMPIRE turf lawn that has been naturalized to the local climate requires minimal irrigation to remail healthy and thriving. For more information about the attributes of EMPIRE turf grass visit our EMPIRE Turf Characteristics section.

Reduced maintenance needs and durability are EMPIRE’s hallmarks. EMPIRE Zoysia grass was originally developed in Brazil, and thrives in both harsh tropical climates such as Southern Florida as well as more temperate regions as far north as Washington and Pennsylvania. EMPIRE Turf is one of the few grasses rated to perform well in all zones, and it can thrive in varying soils and climatic conditions. Visit EMPIRE’s Where It Will Grow section to see a detailed map of the areas across the United States where EMPIRE Turf will thrive.

Durable enough for professional use, EMPIRE Zoysia is also a favorite of golf courses, theme parks, master planned communities, office complexes and other commercial areas. Homeowner’s and Landscape Professionals agree that EMPIRE Turf is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a beautiful and easy to maintain turf grass.

Still not convinced EMPIRE is right for your next landscape project or job? Visit our EMPIRE Testimonials section to see what Landscape Professionals and Homeowners are saying about this versatile and easy to maintain turf grass. Also, be sure to take a look at the many beautiful Photos of EMPIRE we have posted from commercial landscapes, residential lawns, golf courses, and production/research fields.

Characteristics

Aesthetics
Uses Golf, Sports
Color Bluegreen
Blade Width 5 – 7 mm
Feel Soft
Fall Color Retention Very Good
Spring Greenup Very Good
Function
Soils Sand, Sandy, Loam, Clay, Muck
Growth Rapid Horizontal Growth from Stolons / Rhinzomes
Wear Excellent
Injury Recovery Excellent
Insects Excellent Resistance
Diseases Excellent Resistance
Climate
Heat Excellent
Cold Excellent (6b – 11)
Shade Moderate / Good
Drought Excellent
Salt Good
Care
Mower Standard Rotary
Height 1″ – 2″
Weed Control Excellent

Where It Will Grow

Empire Turf – Where It Will Grow

EMPIRE is a superior performer among warm season turfgrasses. EMPIRE thrives in demanding tropical climates, yet also exhibits excellent cold hardiness. EMPIRE will grow in sand, sandy loam, clay or muck. You can expect EMPIRE to retain fall color longer than many other turf selections and to greenup more quickly in the spring. EMPIRE is a durable and versatile turf variety; but as with the selection of any turfgrass, you should understand your own unique local growing conditions prior to purchasing and installing EMPIRE or any other variety.

Best Maintenance Practices

Read detailed description of BMPs

  • Empire Turf Kids
  • Empire Turf in the shade

To ensure optimum quality and performance of EMPIRE, users must accomplish necessary care and maintenance. This care and maintenance has been formalized above in the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for EMPIRE Turf. These BMPs are written as a guide and should be modified as local climate, soil, and environmental conditions dictate. It is important to note that no “magic fertilizer” or “super-chemical” will solve all problems or make any turfgrass perfect. Through consistent application of the BMPs and on-going evaluation, education, and modification of these practices, however, users will greatly enhance the quality and performance of EMPIRE Turf.

Photos

Residential

Commercial

Golf

Parks, Recreation & Sport

Production & Research

Research

  • Empire Soil Strength
  • Empire Florida Research

Research in Progress

Texas A & M, Dallas, TX – Drought Study – LGIS (Linear Gradient Irrigation System)

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM – Drought Study

Ruskin, FL – New Zoysias entries evaluations – Ongoing

Testimonials

Reunion Resort, EMPIRE, Florida

This is a great grass. It’s shade tolerant, heat resistant and drought resistant. We can bring it up to an inch and a half and cut it with a regular rotary mower. We have had great response to EMPIRE from our owners. They like the look and feel if it because it is similar to the types of grass used in the north, where many of our homeowners are from.

Mark Cole, Director of Golf Course Maintenance,
Ginn Clubs & Resorts

EMPIRE is widely used for residential, commercial and golfside areas at Reunion Resort and Club near Orlando.

Kevin Klingerman

I love this grass. When we started looking for an alternative to St. Augustinegrass, the first thing that attracted me to EMPIRE was esthetics. We are trying to create the aura of backyard Americana and I fell in love with the appearance of EMPIRE before we even began to evaluate its performance.

Kevin Clingerman, Landscape Manager,
Ginn Golf

Ginn has chosen EMPIRE exclusively for the common areas, home sites and for part of the golf courses at their Reunion Resort and Club of Orlando. The grass performed so well at Reunion that the company has now specified EMPIRE for all 11 of its communities in Florida, South Carolina and the Caribbean.